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While watching the Broncos get trounced in the Super Bowl tonight I decided to do my January Round-up. I had quite a productive January. I made two garments for Jungle January, which was a blast this year! I love that February is now Ferocious February too. I have a couple of other projects that I have to complete first but if I can get them done before the end of the month I will definitely be making something for Ferocious February.
So, what all did I accomplish this month? Well lets start with fabric totals.
This month I brought in 36 1/2 yards. I got 3 1/2 yards of black swimwear lining from Jo-Ann’s to line maxi dress I made this month, but more on that in a moment, and 8 yards of a cool royal blue for costuming purposes that I got for free. I also made an early purchase from Fabric Mart when I was snowed in and they had an amazing sale on chiffon and charmeuse. I ended up with 25 yards of fabric.
3 yards white with yellow print charmeuse.
7 yards of hunter green polysatin moleskin
6 yard free mystery bundle (not pictured)
The charmeuse is going to be a future coat lining, not sure what yet, so for now it is stash. The moleskin is for my March of the Shieldmaiden costume next month. The coral polka dot will be an amazing Archer sometime soon!
I used 13 3/4 yards and gave away 14 yards for a total of 27 3/4 yards out. That leaves me with + 8 3/4′s of a yard for the month. I am working hard to be in the negative for February. It is hard to keep the fabric purchases in check, but I am getting there.
The fabric that I did use included the 1 1/2 yards of leopard burnout for my Snow Leopard tunic that I posted about a couple of weeks ago.
I also made a new maxi dress to wear on my New Orleans trip in June. I made it now for Jungle January. I used 3 1/2 yards of a zebra/tiger print with a metallic leopard print over top stretch swimwear fabric with 2 1/4 yards of black swimwear lining. I used McCalls 6700. This is the first time I have made this pattern too. Yay for patten stash busting. Check out my review of PR of the pattern. Side note, I am for sure wearing jeans and boots under this dress. It was only in the 20′s a and snowy covered when I went outside to take the picture today.
I also used 3 yards of plaid flannel for pj pants with pockets for Eric and 3 yards of the heart flannel for pj pants for myself. The pink horses and purple/gray print were UFO’s that I finally finished. These were intended to be Christmas presents for family 2 years ago that I cut out and never made. Well it was time to get them out of my sewing space!
Lastly I used 1/2 yard of mouse printed sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee Fabrics to make a new infinity scarf. I love it! I debated making leggings for my nieces but I got a little selfish and decided I could not part with it. This was my first purchase from Girl Charlee and I really like their stuff. I will be purchasing from them again.
For February I do not have a lot planned, just one quick and easy project for me and one super indepth, challenging and time consuming project for Eric. The big project is going to force me perfect my welt pockets and mens’ tailoring, which make me super nervous. I have put this off long enough, time to make it happen.
Jungle January has been a blast this month! This is the first piece that I have made in 2014 and I made it nearly 3 weeks ago! When we were stuck at home with 12″ of snow I decided to get my sew on. Too bad when I took the picture the snow was mostly gone. Oh well, I am still calling it my Snow Leopard tunic.
You cannot see the fabric very well in the first picture but this is the pic I posted on Instagram after I got it cut out. I used 1 1/2 yards of cotton leopard burnout that I got from Fabric Mart 2 years ago. Yay for stashbusting!
I used my tried and true, McCall’s 5436 top pattern. This is the forth time I have made it but it is the first that I have made the tunic length. This is just one of those super easy and quick patterns that requires no alterations. That is why I keep coming back to it.
Well I have surely enjoyed my well deserved and much needed blogging break, but it is time to get back to business. I have a bit of tidying up that I want to do on the side bar still to get my blog back in order for this new year. I do want to share a few of my reSEWlutions for 2014 and review how I did on last years.
1. Complete the 2013 SWAP. I still need to write a post about my plan, which will be focusing on my Adoption Dress as my connecting piece for both collections. I think this SWAP will be great for me to do this year to keep me creative with how I am styling my dress. Fail!! I am terrible with completing SWAP’s. This is definitely not going to be on my list of goals for 2014.
2. Use at least 100 yards of fabric from my stash, excluding any new fabric purchases this year. If I purchase and use it this year it will not count towards that 100 yards. Fail! I did pretty bad using stash fabric for myself last year. I only accounted for 12 1/2 yards but I know I used more than that I just didn’t track it. It was no where near 100 yards though. Although, I did use about 50 yards of stash fabric on projects for others. That’s good at least.
3. Sew more for Eric. Last year I sewed him 1 pair of pj pants all year! He has been asking me to make him a suit for awhile now and I may attempt that tailoring feat this year. I have been getting suiting fabric from my current job, for free, to make my first men’s suit attempt with. That way if it doesn’t work I am not out a lot of money and nice fabric. Meh, I did sew him a new vest early in the year and he did get a couple of new costumes. One of which was the Star Wars costume that I almost entirely drafted from scratch. With that in mind I am counting this as a success.
4. Sew a swimsuit for myself! I have a great idea for a suit that I have been thinking about since this past summer and I really want to try it. Once again, I already have the fabric for it! For sure a win! Leila actually made this my Sewing Dare last year. Then the Swimalong happened and I posted a tutorial on Katie’s blog for elastic techniques. I love the suit I made and cannot wait to make more.
5. Sew a my winter coat for next winter. I have had the fabric for this since last year and haven’t gotten around to it. I am thinking about starting a coat sew-along in August or September for anyone who wants to make a coat as well. Also a huge win! I did make my winter coat and it is actually my most favorite thing I made last year.
So what do I have planned for this year? A lot, actually.
1. Participate in a Sewalong every month this year. There are so many out there now and I am sure plenty more to come. This month it is Jungle January, next month is Blue February and then March of the Shieldmaidens. There is also the It’s on like Donkey Kong’s shirt sew along. Not to mention all the awesome contests this year on Pattern Review.
2. Sew more for Eric. This seems to make it on my list every year and this year will be no different. First up is a sports coat that I wanted to make last year but ran out of time. Then there will be more costumes and a vest or two.
3. Curb my fabric shopping and use my stash. So far I am not starting out well with this as I purchased 19 yards from Fabric Mart already plus got a free 6 yard bundle because of it. I am really glad Emily and Cindy’s Stashbusting challenge is continuing. I definitely need it. My specific goal will be to use at least 2-3 stash pieces per month. If I can successfully do that while not bringing in future stash fabric I should be able to make a small dent in my stash. I, again this year, did not add up my stash. It is just to overwhelming to do it, but based on last count and what I added last year I estimate it is close to 800 yards now. That is a lot of amazing garments just waiting to be hung in my closet.
4. Use more indie patterns. Last year I supported quite a few indie pattern designers by purchasing a total of 12 patterns. I have not used a single one of them though. I really want too, I just have not been able to bring myself to cut into them yet. They are by far more expensive than any others I buy from the Big 4, but well worth it to support independent designers.
5. This leads me to wanting to draft more for myself. I do it for work, I went to school for it, why shouldn’t I be drafting more for myself?!? Who knows maybe one day I will be one of the indie designers I like to support.
6. Tackle this ever growing costuming list. I have a large costume list of wants for this year. They include the Shieldmaiden costume for March, new semi Viking/Medieval costume for Eric, Star Wars costume for a client, Star Wars costume for myself,the nephew has mentioned a couple of superhero costumes as well. Which includes Man-Bat, no Batman but Man-Bat. Score one for random, kid!
I still have a review to post of my first Jungle January make and after tonight I will have a second one as well. I will hopefully be able to get to those sometime this week.
So here it is,the very last day of my adoption dress project. I can hardly believe how quickly this year has flown by. You would think that this being the last day I would wear something crazy, unfortunately, that was not the case this morning. I woke up an hour later than I normally do and was pretty late for work as a result. So I had to rush a bit this morning to get ready. I feel like today’s outfit is kind of a let down since it will be the last one. So to counter balance that, here are my top 5 favorite looks from this year.
My wedding dress! This one is a sentimental favorite. How many women can say they actually wore their wedding dress a second time?
I love love love this look. This skirt is actually one of my favorite makes of the year. I made so many versions of this skirt too. This is a look that I want to turn into a single dress as opposed to the layers, for the upcoming year.
This was a favorite because of how different it is. Costuming wise, I have never worn anything remotely lower class to the ren fair. I prefer the shiny fancy noble costumes, but this one was really fun. It was so much easier to wear too.
While this was not the first time this year that I wore this dress, I think this is my favorite time. I love the green contrasting with the pink belt. Plus it is a super unique dress.
For my last choice I picked one of my early on outfits. I love this top paired with the red infinity scarf. I also love the dress paired with it as more of a vest. I just wish I had had my boots back in January to wear with this as well. On my list of too makes for 2014 is a long vest that I can wear like this.
I want to take a moment to thank everyone of you for following along with this adventure. I have had a lot of fun this year. It has been challenging at times to come up with something different, but I managed to do it and I could not be happier that I did. While we didn’t raise all the money that we need to join our agency, we are beyond grateful for the generosity of everyone who has donated this year. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I look forward to what 2014 has in store for us and our journey through adoption.
Warning: super nerd girl moment coming. Last night I finished season 4 of Doctor Who, hence the title of this post. I am heartbroken over the ending of the 10th Doctor. He is absolutely my favorite! Him and Rose together were amazing. I have not watched anything with Matt Smith as the Doctor, but I have read enough from other fans to know that he was not a fan favorite. I am going to give him a fair shake though. But David Tennant was just so fantastic as the doctor.
Day 362: 12/28/13
Day 363: 12/29/30
Here are my looks for the past two days. I cannot believe I have only two more days until the end of this project. These last few days have just flown by! In fact, this whole year has flown by. I can hardly believe I have been wearing this dress for an entire year now.
Tomorrow I plan on sharing my top 5 makes and misses. Then on New Years Eve, I plan on sharing my top 5 hits and misses for Adoption Dress outfits. I wish I could share accurate sewing stats for the year, but I lost track a couple of months ago. Next year I will be better about stats. As for tonight, I will be cutting out patterns and watching Doctor Who.
Day 360: 12/26/13
I was incredibly tired yesterday. Which is to be expected after cleaning our house top to bottom on Christmas to host our family Christmas party that evening. Yesterday I wore my self made navy dolman sleeve top. I have not worn this yet this year, nor did I ever blog about it last year. I wish you could see the fabric better in this picture. The weave has semi-sheer horizontal stripes in it.
The inspiration for this top came from one that I saw Selma Blair wear in an episode of Anger Management. I searched high and low for a similar fabric and a workable pattern. I found the fabric from Fabric Mart last year. The pattern is a 1980′s pattern that I was gifted from a friend’s mother. I would say originally that mine turned out pretty darn close other than color. Then I washed it and it shrunk, because I didn’t pre-treat my fabric, so it was no longer as loose fitting as hers is.
Day 361: 12/27/13
This is what I wore today. Tonight I am sorta cleaning the sewing room after the Christmas tornado struck it. I did manage to come up with a plan for the 2014 SWAP. I will post about it once I choose fabrics for my pieces. But for now my collection is being planned around what I can wear on my next girls trip to New Orleans in June. It should be a blast and I will have a new wardrobe too!
I have been such a blogging slacker this week! I am behind on posting by four days. FOUR DAYS!!!! I am almost to the end of my project and all of a sudden I am struggling to post regularly. At any rate here are the pics of my outfits from the last four days.
Day 355: 12/21/13
Day 356: 12/22/13
Day 357: 12/23/13
Day 358: 12/24/13